hank

[ hangk ]
/ hæŋk /

noun

a skein, as of thread or yarn.
a definite length of thread or yarn: A hank of cotton yarn measures 840 yards.
a coil, knot, or loop: a hank of hair.
Nautical. a ring, link, or shackle for securing the luff of a staysail or jib to its stay or the luff or head of a gaff sail to the mast or gaff.

verb (used with object)

Nautical. to fasten (a sail) by means of hanks.

Origin of hank

1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse hǫnk hank, coil, skein, clasp; akin to hang
Related formsun·hanked, adjective

Definition for hank (2 of 5)

Hank

[ hangk ]
/ hæŋk /

noun

a male given name, form of Henry.

Definition for hank (3 of 5)

Aaron

[ air-uh n, ar- ]
/ ˈɛər ən, ˈær- /

noun

the older brother of Moses, usually regarded as the first high priest of the Hebrews. Ex. 28; 40:13–16.
Henry LouisHank, born 1934, U.S. baseball player.
a male given name.

Definition for hank (4 of 5)

Greenberg

[ green-burg ]
/ ˈgrin bɜrg /

noun

Henry B.Hank, 1911–86, U.S. baseball player.
Joseph Harold,1915–2001, U.S. linguist.

Definition for hank (5 of 5)

Luisetti

[ loo-set-ee ]
/ luˈsɛt i /

noun

AngeloHank, 1916–2002, U.S. basketball player.
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British Dictionary definitions for hank (1 of 2)

hank

/ (hæŋk) /

noun

a loop, coil, or skein, as of rope, wool, or yarn
nautical a ringlike fitting that can be opened to admit a stay for attaching the luff of a sail
a unit of measurement of cloth, yarn, etc, such as a length of 840 yards (767 m) of cotton or 560 yards (512 m) of worsted yarn

verb

(tr) nautical to attach (a sail) to a stay by hanks

Word Origin for hank

C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse hanka to coil, Swedish hank string

British Dictionary definitions for hank (2 of 2)

Aaron

/ (ˈɛərən) /

noun

Old Testament the first high priest of the Israelites, brother of Moses (Exodus 4:14)
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